Elias Bertoldo (b. 1994) is an Italian artist currently based in Modena, holding an MA in Painting from the Brera Academy. His interests lie in the dynamics of colour, and so his research started with completing a series of works that evoke virtual devices animated by light pulses. 

In 2018 Bertoldo was featured in a book by Ignazio Gadaleta entitled Points and Filaments of Colour in Italian Painting From Divisionism to Today, which focused on exploring theoretical and formal affinities, specifically in terms of language microstructures, among the protagonists of Italian painting from Giuseppe Pellizza to the present day. His works are reflections on the essence of painting through the experience of light. 

Elias conducts in-depth research on the logic of seeing, explicitly concerning the current habits of image virtualisation. While looking at his artworks, it is essential to search for current chromo-luminist arrangements, which can only be conceived artificially because of the electroluminescence of monitor LEDs and photoluminescence phenomena. 

The reflection on the complexity of the act of perception remains of continuous interest to the artist as well as the consequent implications on the emotional sphere. With that in mind, he develops consistently elaborated pictorial planes and constructs colour very rationally. 

Lately, Bertoldo has joined both painting methodologies and current imaging processes by manipulating colour as either pigment or digital data, resulting in virtual paintings. He explains: I try to evoke through the mere use of colour visions of icons, computer graphics and monitors' LED backlighting. At the same time, I aim to make the form of light itself visible through the presence of "the simultaneous", "the dissemination", "the intermittent", "the mobility", and "the radiating". The close relationship we have with multimedia and self-luminous digital devices conditions our way of feeling, interpreting and experiencing reality, so my work wants to explore and reinterpret those visual stimuli through the point of view of light, to possibly renew painting. The pictorial plane of the Dispersione di Luminescenza is scattered with flashes of light, triggering gravitational masses and making a reference to stellar phenomenology. The artwork's space is fragmented, modulated to give maximum breadth, going towards virtual dimensional infinity.


Text by Maria Myasnikova